Denver Broncos Charities, the NFL Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado have announced that Adams City High School will be the beneficiary of this year’s NFL Club Matching Certified Athletic Trainer Grant.
The $50,000 grant will place a part-time certified athletic trainer, provided by Children’s Colorado, at Adams City High School beginning on Wednesday. The athletic trainer will remain with Adams City High School for one calendar year.
The NFL Foundation established the Certified Athletic Trainer Grant in 2014 to expand access to athletic trainers at the high school level. This initiative provides athletic training coverage to high schools in NFL communities that otherwise would not have access to a certified athletic trainer.
The athletic trainer at Adams City High School will work a minimum of 20 hours per week providing care for all sports throughout the year. The grant will also help with supplies, including Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and training room upgrades.
Located in Commerce City, Colo., Adams City High School has nearly 600 student-athletes and offers nine sports for both male and female students.
Athletic trainers are an important part of any sports medicine care team. They are often the first responders to injuries that happen in practice or competition. Athletic trainers are equipped to care for athletes with serious sports injuries and conditions, which can include heat illness, cardiac events and brain and spinal cord injuries that can be life-threatening if not properly managed.
Athletic trainers also play an important role in recognizing, assessing and managing concussions, including supporting critical return-to-play decisions. They also help counsel coaches, parents and athletes about concussion prevention and management.
This initiative has been endorsed by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS).